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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 8 – 23 March 2017

Dear Parents

This week I thought I would share some of the wonderful descriptive writing our English Language Learners have been doing with their teacher Julie Hadlow.

English Language Learners use Pictures to Ignite their Imagination.

The Tornado

The strike of the tornado has begun. People are running from the terror and the violent force. The twister sucked up everything from the ground. The huge storm flattened, scattered and threw everything around.

By Eugene, Room 3, Year 6.

Mum warned us never to go into the forest

because “You will get lost”.

One night I went into the wood. I heard howling wolves, I heard growling giants, and I was lost.

I felt a hand on my back, I was petrified!!

By Guilhem, Room 6, Year 5.

The Flying Books

A wonderful blue sky sits in the air!

The books are flying like beautiful butterflies.

The pages are the wings.

The pages have pictures and words.

The letters are magical. The books are flying to a battle.

                                                      By Bryan Chu, Room 16, Year 4.


I was running around the field when I heard a crackling sound. Then I saw a huge colourful robot.

He said, “You are invited to my birthday party, the best party ever!”

By Chloe, Room 21, Year 3.

To view other work by ELL, go to

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

Uniform Shop – Second-hand Sale – Sunday 9 April, 11.30 – 12.30

During the school gala, we are having a second-hand uniform sale from 11.30-12.30, in the Uniform Shop.

Please donate only your clean, good-quality uniforms to our sale.
Any ripped or badly stained items, or non-current uniform (e.g. culottes and sleeveless fleeces) should be placed directly in the clothing bin at our 250 Victoria Avenue school entrance.
Items may be dropped off in the shop on Friday 24 and 31 March and Friday 7 April before school, or left at the office during the week.
New uniform items will be not be available during this sale.
Cash only.

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FOR TERM 1 2017
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

What’s Ahead?


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at

School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph5200603.

The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.

 Remember to ‘like’ Victoria Avenue School on Facebook.facebook_like_small

PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK FOR NITS – a number of classes have reported nits and if your infected child is not treated then many others will be!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.


Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.

VAS School App

To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link.

Ice-blocks $2 and Sunscreen $5 for sale outside room 7 and outside the hall, after school tomorrow. Sunscreen also for sale at the office.

Entertainment Books

Victoria Avenue School is happy to once again offer all families the chance to support the PTS by purchasing an Entertainment Membership. Each Entertainment Book or Digital Membership contains hundreds of 25-50% off or 2-for-1 offers from some of Auckland’s best restaurants, cafes, attractions and events. They cost $70 per Membership and the PTS retains 20% of this ($14 per sale) to help our fundraising to go towards paving the Victoria Avenue School shared BBQ area. A book will be sent home with each family to view in the first week of April, but if you wish to pre-order your copy, then you’ll receive some bonus early bird offers that are valid straight away. Order securely online today at Thanks for your support of the PTS.

Kids Hip Hop with Richie Cesan

We are very excited to have one of NZ’s leading Hip Hop dance instructors and choreographers come to Victoria Avenue School to teach Hip Hop to some of our year 6 students.

The super talented Richie Cesan has a Bachelor of Performing Arts and teaches all over Auckland including TAPAC (The Performing Arts Centre.)  He has competed at the World Hip Hop Championships, danced in a number of films and television commercials and was recently involved in choreographing for the Billy Elliot Musical.  Click here for the enrolment form.

Parenting Programme, Incredible Years 2017

Please click here for information attached about the PARENTING programme that Belinda Kusabs and Sue Cameron will be running in 2017  from Tuesday 2nd May– through to 22nd August, for parents in the community that may be interested in attending.

This programme is free, including the creche  BUT does take a commitment of 14 weeks (excluding the school holidays).

Parnell Trust’s Autumn Adventures Holiday Programme

Daily activities for 5-14 year olds  from 18-28 April.

Parnell Trust has a line-up of activities and adventures for the April school holidays, they say are guaranteed to keep kids engaged and happy all day long. Choose from up to four activities every day, priced from $55 – Club House, Adventure Seekers, On the Move and Special Computer Workshops and LEGO EV3 + Mindstorms. Programmes are available at both Parnell and Epsom schools, from 7.30am to 6pm every day –  perfect for working parents. See their website for details or phone 09 555 5194.


Remuera Zone Swimmers – VAS Placings 2017

Year 5 Girls 25m Freestyle             Time
2nd Mia Kelliher                                17.75
Year 6 Boys 25m Freestyle
1st Mark Galloway                             15.91
Year 6 Boys 25m Butterfly
1st Addison Randall                           17.19
Year 5 Girls 25m Backstroke
1st Mia Kelli                                       20.84
Year 6 Girls 25m Backstroke
2nd Emison Styris                              19.71
Year 6 Boys 25m Backstroke
2nd Mark Galloway                            18.72
Year 5 Girls 25m Breastroke
2nd Mia Kelliher                                24.94
Year 5 Boys 25m Breastroke
3rd Gary Yuan                                     25.47
Year 6 Boys 25m Breastroke
2nd Mark Galloway                            23.16
Year 5 Girls 50m Freestyle
1st Mia Kelliher                                  40.75
Year 5 Boys 4×25 Freestyle Relay
1st VAS
Open Boys 4×25 Medley Relay
3rd VAS
Field Championship Open Relay
3rd VAS
Boys Champions
2nd VAS

Twin Training Rugby Academy

Are you rugby mad or just want to be prepared for the upcoming season? Then come join New Zealand’s most popular Rugby Camp. Our main focus is tackling and coaching players safe techniques as well as other core skills. The highlight is our tournament day which is held on the last day of camp and a great family day out. For more information visit, don’t hesitate to grab a friend and book now to avoid disappointment.

Term 1 School Holidays Rugby Camp

Who are we?

We are Twin Training Rugby Academy, we offer a rugby camp programme for kids during the term 1 & 2 school holidays (before and during the rugby season). All of our coaches are NZRU accredited at small black levels (under 5’s through to under 13’s). We cater for kids from under 7 age grade to under 13 age grade.

Where are we?

We hold the camp at College Rifles Rugby & Sports Club, located at 33 Haast St, Remuera, Auckland.

When is the Camp?

The 1st Camp takes place on the Monday 24th of April through to the Friday 28th of April (excluding Tuesday 25th of April as this is Anzac Day). The times of the programme throughout each day are from drop off time at 8.30 am to 3.30pm pick up time.

What is the Camp?

We are NZ’s most popular rugby camp with all of our camps selling out over the last 5 years. We focus on the core skills of junior rugby as well as practicing safe technique, primarily catch and pass, tackling, and evasion. We also organise rugby oriented fun games for the kids. Kids are put into a team throughout the week, culminating in a tournament on theFriday where the kids put their skills they have learnt into play.

Invite to NZ vs Korea Davis Cup Fixture

Tennis Auckland has invited VAS students and their families to the NZ vs Korea Davis Cup fixture on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April, held at the ASB Tennis Arena in Auckland.

As our students have recently been recipients of the Tennis Hot Shots programme, Tennis Auckland thought they would love the opportunity to see some professional tennis in the flesh!

The event includes free entertainment for the whole family on Saturday and Sunday. Have fun exploring the giant inflatable, join in with some Tennis Olympics, have a hit on our red court and test your tennis skills to see if you can “beat the pro”. Have a go at the Treasure Trail or relax with a coffee and something to eat if that’s more your style – Davis Cup Family Days will have something for everyone and of course, plenty of chances to win some prizes!

Purchase your tickets here – family, adult and youth passes for one day or even three are available. Kids 12 and under are FREE!

Trampoline Club

Icon Trampoline Club is taking Term 2 enrollments for the Tuesday 5-6pm class. Spaces are limited.  Contact [email protected]